Lowmaster affiliate receives probation
A Carrolltown man who conspired with the so-called "Lowmaster Organization" drug-trafficking group was sentenced to five years' probation, U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton announced Tuesday.
U.S. District Judge Kim R. Gibson imposed the sentence, the first 12 months of which must be served under house arrest and monitored electronically, on Paxton D. Clark, 44, 109 Hite Road.
Clark also was ordered to complete 500 hours of community service for his role in the drug organization, headed by Carrolltown man George M. Lowmaster, who is set to be sentenced June 23.
Evidence presented to the court showed that from March 2008 to May 9, 2011, Clark conspired to commit money laundering and attempted to conceal the source of Lowmaster's drug-organization money to "promote the carrying on" of the organization, Hickton said in a press release.
The Lowmaster drug ring was broken up by federal, state and local investigators in May 2011.
Assistant U.S. Attorney John J. Valkovci prosecuted the case.
Hang glider call actually balloons
A search for a possible downed hang glider was called off late Tuesday afternoon after officials found the victim to be nothing more than some festive party decorations.
A Cambria County emergency services supervisor said a call came in about 1:45 p.m. Tuesday from a Loretto-area resident who believed he saw a hang glider or small aircraft falling from the sky.
Workers couldn't confirm a crash from the description, the supervisor said, so Loretto and Ashville fire departments were dispatched for a search in Allegheny Township.
State police at Ebensburg also were notified, the supervisor said.
A state police official said such crashes are uncommon, but a trooper had been sent out to assist in the search.
Crews spent about three hours searching for the mystery aircraft and its operator before finding a bundle of balloons in the woods and calling off the search.
From Mirror staff reports